Reactions to Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib’s Likely Ban from Israel

Recently it was announced that US Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib were being blocked by Benjamin Netanyahu from entering Israel. This comes on the heels of comments they have allegedly made about Israel. From The Hill:

A recently passed Israeli law denies entry visas to foreign nationals who publicly call for any boycotts against Israel or its settlements in the West Bank targeting the country’s treatment of Palestinians. Both Tlaib and Omar have expressed support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel.

In the video below you can hear more about the likelihood of this ban holding up, and for Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, it’s not looking good.

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According to Israeli Journalist Dana Weiss’ retweet, the press release is imminent according to a prominent Israeli news organization.

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Another source from ‘Independent’ shows a video from Israeli news channel 12 announcing the news which has yet to been put out in a press release.

Earlier this morning President Trump spoke on the subject in a tweet:

“It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tlaib to visit. They hate Israel & all Jewish people, & there is nothing that can be said or done to change their minds. Minnesota and Michigan will have a hard time putting them back in office. They are a disgrace!”

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Although the final press release is yet to come out over the official ban, according to The New York Post and Vox, it appears to be a done deal. Many are reacting on Twitter over Trump’s calls in support of banning Omar and Tlaib of ‘The Squad’.

From The New York Post:

Israel has apparently decided to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from entering the country on Friday after fierce debates on the contentious matter involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and various ministers, according to a report Thursday.

The reason cited for their ban is reportedly “suspected provocations and promotion of BDS,” a reference to the anti-Israel boycott movement, according to the Times of Israel, which cited a report by local Channel 12.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri made the decision to bar the US lawmakers from entering the country on Friday, according to the report.

If you view the tweet below from @NewsChannelIL and hit translate it says:

“As revealed in News 12: Congressmen will not be allowed to enter Israel @danawt

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The BDS movement that Omar and Tlaib are being accused of supporting is an acronym for ‘Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions’. It is a Palestinian led movement that to supporters is a pro-Palestine effort but apparently to Israel, it is considered anti-Israel.

Some responses to Trump’s earlier tweet from verified users can be seen below, and you can see that Twitter users have mixed, but very passionate reactions on the situation.

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This is an ongoing story as there is likely to be more information and a possible press release later today.